University of Glasgow Graphene Health Claim
A promising new type of graphene supercapacitator could be used to make future wearables lighter and more energy-efficient, scientists say.
11:39 20 July 2018
A group of researchers from the University of Glasgow has claimed that a new type of graphene supercapacitator could be used in the next generation of wearable health sensors. It uses silver and graphene to enable devices to store and release up to three times more power capable of around 25,000 charging and discharging cycles.
The team also discovered that the system can be charged by integrating it with flexible solar powered skin, which makes it an entirely self-charging system, as well as a pH sensor that uses wearer’s sweat to monitor their health.
Professor Ravinder Dahiya said: “This research could take the wearable systems for health monitoring to remote parts of the world where solar power is often the most reliable source of energy, and it could also increase the efficiency of hybrid electric vehicles. We’re already looking at further integrating the technology into flexible synthetic skin which we’re developing for use in advanced prosthetics.”